Friday’s scorching 106 degree heat in San Francisco broke the all-time record dating back to 1874 for the hottest day in the usually foggy city by the bay.
And that record may get broken by Saturday’s similarly hot temperature.
“It’s horrible out there,” Fritz Waldron said Friday as he stood in line to buy strawberry ice cream at the Haagen-Dazs shop at Westfield San Francisco Centre downtown. “Just horrible. It’s like Phoenix. I can’t wait for it to end.”
Before Friday, the hottest day ever recorded by the National Weather Service for San Francisco was 103 degrees on June 14, 2000. And the hottest Sept. 1 was a mere 90, a record set in 1952.
The National Weather Service advises Bay Area residents to stay hydrated and stay indoors during this unseasonably warm Labor Day weekend. Photo: National Weather Service / / National Weather Service The National Weather Service attributed San Francisco’s blazing heat and other falling records around the Bay Area to a “massive area of high pressure” hovering above Northern California and no onshore wind, which usually brings cooling sea air into the city and other coastal areas. It issued an excessive heat warning through 9 p.m. Saturday along the coast.